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How To Choose Vinyl Flooring


Vinyl was originally developed in the 1930’s, during World War II the use of vinyl was expanded and used as an alternative to natural rubber, which was in short supply. Vinyl flooring for use in residential housing was introduced in the late 1940’s.

Early vinyl flooring consisted of roll flooring in wide rolls like carpet. It was rolled out cut and fitted to the space. The introduction of vinyl tile made installation by the home owner possible. Today, vinyl flooring comes in many forms, roll flooring, tile, plank flooring, interlocking, grip strip, click lock and peel and stick.

Your choice will depend upon your budget and whether you want to do it yourself or hire a professional.


Lets’ take a look at what’s available.


Sheet or Roll Vinyl Flooring

           Sheet Vinyl Flooring


Sheet Vinyl Flooring is a popular choice for its ease of maintenance and durability. Installation however is best left to professional installers who are familiar with the product and the methods of installation. It’s available in numerous styles colors and patterns as well as wood grain and paver and stone styles. Sheet Vinyl flooring comes in 6 or 12 foot wide rolls. 

There are two basic types, inlaid and rotogravure, Inlaid vinyl sheets feature a color pattern that goes all the way through the entire sheet. This is the most expensive type but it provides the highest durability. Rotogravure is a more economical choice that consists of a foam base that is printed with ink and covered with a wear layer. 

There are three basic types of backing, felt, vinyl and fiberglass. Felt-backed sheets are the most common. They feature a felt layer that adds strength and cushion and requires the entire floor to be covered with adhesive. Vinyl-backed sheets are glued at the edges and are generally professionally installed. Modified loose-lay sheets feature a fiberglass backing that adds strength and stability, doesn't require adhesive and are the easiest to install.


Vinyl Tile

         Vinyl Tile Flooring


Vinyl Tile is popular choice of home owners due to its ease of installation and the ability to use different colors and styles to create your own custom flooring design. Vinyl tile can mimic ceramic tile and stone in appearance while costing much less to buy and install. In addition to conventional and peel and stick tile, groutable and interlocking vinyl tiles are now available as well.

Vinyl tile comes in three basic grades based on the wear layer, No Wax Vinyl is the least expensive, as the name implies no waxing or polishing is required. Vinyl tile with a Urethane Wear layer offers the same no wax finish with greater durability. Enhanced Urethane offers the highest durability and is the most expensive.


Vinyl Plank Flooring

         Click Lock Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl Plank Flooring is a relatively new style that has become very popular. The planks simulate wood or stone and come as click and lock or with grip strips. Installation is simple and easy for the average home owner. Modern vinyl plank flooring can mimic all most any flooring type wood, tile, stone, etc. with very realistic results. 


Luxury Vinyl Flooring

Grip Strip Luxury Vinyl Flooring


Luxury Vinyl Flooring is a high grade product offering even more realistic detail such as wood grain, rough sawn effects and simulated grout and stone surface effects. Its high grade composition allows for lifetime warranty’s in residential applications and lengthy warranty’s even in commercial applications. Luxury vinyl flooring can mimic all most any flooring type wood, tile, stone, etc. with amazingly realistic results.


So which vinyl type should you choose?


1.     Roll or sheet vinyl flooring is best left to professional installers as the installation process is more complicated, however the end result is very attractive and durable, with the inlaid style being the most durable.



2.     For the DIY customer the choices are endless and usually will depend upon the budget. Conventional vinyl tile and peel and stick will be less expensive than vinyl planks, all are easy to install and very attractive. The click lock style has the fewest after installation problems.


3.     Luxury vinyl flooring is the choice for the homeowner who wants the look of real wood, tile or stone, but wants durability and low maintenance of vinyl. It’s an excellent product with outstanding durability.



Not a DIY type? Our Home Services Division can do the work for you, installation is fast, professional and guaranteed by the Home Depot. Visit your local Home Depot, our flooring experts will show you the various styles available and discuss your installation options. Or Call Our Home Services Division at 1-800-557-5221.



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Posted 2017-02-23T22:32:42+0000  by Mike_HD_OC Mike_HD_OC